Lott Makes Comeback, Is Now The
GOP's New Number 2 In Senate
by Tony Peyser
Will Trent's praise of Strom
Still be one of his priorities?
Maybe he'll use his minority whip
On some actual minorities.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
The only progress made in Iraq and here at home is the progression that goes from bad to worse! Would someone please take the time to sit down and explain that to the witless wonder who calls himself the "decider"! He's a "decider" alright -- he decided to take a month-long vacation and ignore an August the 6th PDB that warned "Bin Laden determined to attack within the U.S. He decided to leave Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden behind and go headlong into a preemptive unnecessary war in Iraq. He decided not to listen to his father or his father's advisors. He decided to incarcerate people that he decided were dangerous without benefit of trial. He decided to ignore the Geneva Conventions and to adopt the torture and abuse methods of terrorists. He decided to spy on American citizens without a warrant, and on and on! Any more of his decisions, and we may all find ourselves in hell!
A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
Butch Hancock's War and Peace
The Flatlanders hail from Texas and recorded their first album in 1972. It was an impassioned lesson in (to make up a word) underproduction and captured the heart of country music without the usual Nashville hokum. I gather they played maybe a dozen gigs for less than a year before the band folded up like that proverbial cheap card table. That debut album was heard by very few folks and was presumed lost. It didn't have a real release until 1990 when it fittingly came out with the title More A Legend Than A Band. The Flatlanders didn't get around to their sophomore effort, Now and Again, until 2002. A third release, Wheels Of Fortune, came out a mere two years later, which was followed that same year by a live CD of a 1972 performance in front of a small club audience. All of the sudden, the long MIA Flatlanders were inching towards being, dare I say, overexposed.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Injured Keys woman unable to get care for 3 days: A woman with a broken hip lay for three days in an ER bed in the Keys before a mainland hospital could be found to take her case. (Miami Herald - registration required)
This is what's happening daily to citizens of Iraq, except in Iraq, the US has destroyed hospitals and rationed food and medicine. Why didn't they attack the morgues in Iraq, I wonder? Maybe those people aren't dead enough.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
It's not a good time to be a Senate Republican. After losing their majority despite their 50-50 tie-breaking advantage resulting from Cheney, they have just voted in a pair of dolts for their top leaders.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
An email came to me, titled: "Action Alert: Charge Rumsfeld with War Crimes."
Subject: Ignoring Wounds Won't Make Them Go Away
I sure hope the Democrats are just blowing smoke when they say they have no impeachment plans for Bush. Investigations are useless as long as Bush and Cheney have the right to not testify under oath, which makes most investigations costly and pointless. I can hear the usual excuses for not nailing Bush: the nation needs to heal, bipartisan efforts, ad nauseum.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Editor, Mediachannel.org
As they say when the Olympics convene, "Let The Games Begin." A new Olympics gets underway today, the news Olympics, as the anglo-American hegemony of the big news cartels has for the first time a challenger in the form of well-packaged professional network. al Jazeera international goes on the air globally (but not yet in the USA) to offer another perspective.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
President Bush's upcoming visit to Vietnam bolsters comparisons between the Iraq and Vietnam wars, the Associated Press reported today. Since Bush was too busy partying during the original conflict, hopefully the trip will be a good first lesson on the effects and solutions to stupid, hopeless wars.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Cindy Sheehan
Q: What is the difference between Vietnam and Iraq?
A: George Bush had an exit plan for Vietnam.
This is an old joke that has made the circuits. It is amusing, but not really one hundred percent accurate. George didn't have a strategy for exiting Vietnam...he had a very clear and orchestrated plan between his father's friends and his illicit drug problems to not even go to Vietnam. In my journey since Casey was killed, I have met many fine men and women who didn't dodge their duty to be dragged off to Vietnam, although most of them disagreed with that tragic war. However, most of them were conscripted against their wills and they didn't have the "advantages" of being wealthy and having influential friends to keep them out of combat.